Logos 4: Prioritize Multiple Books at Once

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsIn our Logos Library we have a lot of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, and so on. Within all of these books, however, we have our Favorites: favorite Bibles, favorite commentaries, favorite dictionaries, and the like. In Logos, we call these favorites our Prioritized or Preferred books. Logos places these prioritized books at the top of various lists on the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, etc. Here’s one way to prioritize and use preferred books:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right corner of the Library
  • Place this text in the Library’s Find box: type:Bible
  • Logos displays all of your Bibles
  • Right click on the title of a Bible
  • Select Prioritize this resource
  • Logos places this Bible in your preferred list of resources on the right
  • Repeat these steps for additional Bibles

To see these prioritized Bibles in action:

  • Type a biblical reference in the passage box on the Home Page
  • Click Go
  • Logos opens the default Home Page Bible study screen which includes your first 5 prioritized Bibles

Prioritize additional books like commentaries which will show up in the Passage Guide and Hebrew / Greek dictionaries which will appear in the Exegetical Guide.

As you can see and perhaps have already discovered with your own use of Logos, prioritizing books is not difficult; it’s just tedious. Here’s the shortcut I really want to show you: prioritize multiple books at the same time!

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right corner of the Library
  • Place your text in the Library’s Find box like, type:Bible OR type:lexicon
  • Hold down the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key on the keyboard
  • Select (click) a book in the Library’s list, but don’t click the title of the book which opens it
  • Select another book with the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key still held down
  • Notice that both books are now selected
  • Continue this process until you’ve selected all the books you want to prioritize
  • Release the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key
  • Right click on any of the selected resources
  • Select Prioritize this resource

Logos places ALL of the selected books in your preferred list on the right! This tip is included
on our new training DVD, Time Saving Tips, Volume 1.

What prioritized resource do you regularly use? What particular Bible, commentary, dictionary, lectionary, etc., do you have in your library that you would recommend to other Logos users? Leave a comment letting us and other Logos users know!

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2 Responses to “Logos 4: Prioritize Multiple Books at Once”

  1. Bob Diebel August 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Hard to beat Vines Expository Dictionary !
    I also like the Darby Bible.

  2. Ken Sherwood August 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I know it has its faults and detractors, I know, I know, but I like the New English Bible, (naturally Anglicised of course), and for those who have experience of it, I can just hear some of the sounds of amazement, but if more preachers used it, they could save an awful lot of going round the houses. How often have I sat there listening to a speaker going on at length to come to the conclusion that is plainly written in my N.E.B. They could of course save a lot of time and perhaps progress to another point but, dare I suggest it, that may make them look somewhat dispensible if we don’t need this erudite(?) speaker at the front going on at length but can glean what we need straight from Scripture. I wish we had it, (the N.E.B.), in Libronix. I say Libronix because I find it far more intuitive than Logos 4 which I rarely use. Morris Proctor leaves me, I’m afraid, more confused than anything, (sorry Morris), I’ve just tried following his tip for prioritising books and could not even get it to work for Bibles, let alone any other collections despite clicking backwards and forwards between pages to try and make sure I was following the instructions properly. Does anyone else have this problem or am I the only thicko out here? For the present at least, Libronix, I love thee!